Vertical Magazine Rack

leaning magazine rack

Like Rachel from Smile and Wave, you may get excited about vertical storage that allows you to maximize small spaces. After finding metal wall hangers at a thrift store, Rachel was inspired to turn them into a leaning magazine rack similar to one she saw from Urban Outfitters. Rachel offers some great suggestions and resources for making your own since you may not find metal wall hangers like she did.

leaning magazine rack

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Painted Vanity Tray

spray painted goodwill tray

On one of her many thrift outings, Kimberly from A Night Owl came across a lovely little antique oval mirror tray from Goodwill for just $1.99. It initially sat unused for a couple of months until Kimberly came across Urban Outfitters’ Cut Lace Vanity Tray. She knew just what she needed to do to incorporate the tray into everyday use and grabbed a can of spray paint!

spray painted goodwill tray

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Painted Mug with Monogram

anthro inspired painted mug

Would you ever believe this mug was painted? Amazingly, it is! Morena from Morena’s Corner painted this beautiful butterfly and flower design using adhesive silk screens and glass paint from Martha Stewart. With cooler weather approaching, you can never have too many mugs for hot tea and cocoa. I also think these would make great gifts!

anthro inspired painted mug

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Scrap Trim Mantel

faux wood fireplace with mantel

If you love the idea of creating beautiful mantelscapes but have no mantel to call your own, Jeanette from Homa Style offers a great solution with her faux mantel. Jeanette loves creating items with scrap trim and was thrilled to step up her game with this mantel for her master bedroom. Amazingly, you do not have to be a woodworking connoisseur to build your own. Jeanette says, “Anyone with basic woodworking skills can build one, I promise.”

faux wood fireplace with mantel

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Decorative Fireplace Screen

decorative fireplace screen

Vone at Vone Inspired needed to update her fireplace but couldn’t afford to buy a $200 screen. Since her family doesn’t use the fireplace, Vone decided she could make something that might not be functional but could at least add to the style of the space.  She did just that by building a screened frame and adding real branches and leaves cut from a soda can. When it’s all spray painted, it looks amazingly like an iron fireplace screen!

decorative fireplace screen

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Black and Gold Desk

black and gold chest

Denise from A Girl and a Brush first saw the Bellatrix chest from Horchow a few months ago and loved the black and gold combination so much that she knew she wanted to use it with some of her pieces. When Denise got an old desk at an auction, there was no question what she wanted to do with it.  A few challenges popped up along the way, but in the end this is one of Denise’s favorite transformations to date!

black and gold chest

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Wire Storage Basket

wire basket

Courtenay from The Creek Line House noticed something strangely familiar about the organizer baskets that were in the super old freezer she inherited with her house. They looked an awful lot like some pricey baskets Pottery Barn sells. All it took was a little craft paint to cover up the white plastic handles, and Courtenay had her very own trendy wire baskets!

wire basket

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Paper and Linen Wall Art

diy paper and linen wall art

After staring at four blank dining room walls for over a year, Jessica from Stay at Home-ista was finally inspired to create her own artwork that would fill the walls but wouldn’t take a huge bite out of her wallet. Using frames from Ikea, linen, and handmade paper, Jessica managed to create four very large pieces  for less than $200. I love how the paper designs Jessica selected coordinate but all have their own flair. You’ll have to pop over to Jessica’s site to see all four!

diy paper and linen wall art

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